Having served Greater Napanee for 5 consecutive terms since election to the Limestone District School Board when my children entered The Prince Charles School, it has been a privilege to represent our town as the voice with experience in education governance and accountability to our community. I have served on all committees of the board, and was proud to have been Napanee's Trustee as the Vice Chair and the Chair of the Limestone District School Board. I have attended countless Parent Advisory Committee meetings, school events and celebrations, and have been honoured to present graduation diplomas to hundreds of Napanee children. I know our schools well.
I am seeking re-election to continue to ensure the needs and successes of our community are heard at the board table, and advocate for the great programs and facilities our kids have access to now, along with those they will need into the future. I've seen many improvements in our schools through some difficult but important decisions, and our schools are in great shape. I have recently had the great opportunity to work at the provincial and national level for education as Past President of the Ontario Public School Boards Association, and President of the Canadian School Boards Association. Sharing the views of small towns in developing rural municipalities like ours has been critical to keep working to influence funding and decision-making that reflects our local needs. While there is presently a moratorium on school closures, it is unclear how the revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines will be interpreted, and we need attention to school condition/repairs, while ensureing our schools are avaialbe for community use.
I have advocated on behalf of school boards to ensure the democratic voice in education is strong, and am pleased to see a vibrant municipal election and high interest across the region in the role of Trustees this year. #SchoolBoardsMatter
As a local graduate and nurse/Manager in our healthcare system, I have many links to this community, with many family and friends currently attending our schools. I have served for the last three years on the Community Foundation for Lennox and Addington, and am a proud member of the ‘100 Women Who Care L&A’ since its first year. I have also been a Director on the Limestone Learning Foundation board, raising funds to provide for enhancements to the Arts, Math and Innovation in classrooms.
I look forward to speaking with many public education supporters in advance of the election and ask openly for your continued support on October 22nd. Please contact me with any questions.